About this project
Advance order A Decade In The Shithouse, our 10th anniversary hardback book, and get your name printed in the back as a 'Friend of Modern Toss'.
This incredible collection will document the Modern Toss story from the very beginning, with 560 pages of classic cartoons, archive rarities, one-off exhibitions, unpublished artwork, out-of-print cartoons, interview excerpts and an exclusive director's commentary throughout. Featuring all the Toss big guns: Mr Tourette, Drive-By Abuser, Business Mouse, Space Argument, Cheese & Wine and Alan, and many more, yeah? But this historic compendium can only happen with your involvement…
*** STRETCH GOAL #2: SHOUTING POSTER EXHIBITION at £55K! **
There are only a few days to go on our campaign and we’ve more than doubled our original target! Help us get to £55K and we’ll be able to make a bunch of mental interactive sound pictures for an exhibition in London in September. That's right: a room full of swearing pictures that shout stuff at you like “PLANT’S ARSEHOLE” if you touch them. Sounds like great day out yeah? The extra cash will cover design and production costs, and enable us to offer a wider range of artwork for sale at the exhibition, so pre-order the book if you haven’t already, or grab one of our other limited edition shitnaks and pledges before they disappear forever.
*** STRETCH GOAL #1 COMPLETE!! ***
We did it! We reached our first stretch goal of £45,000 and can now get working on some brand new Space Argument animations to be posted online later this year! Thanks everyone who's pledged already - only a few days left now...
We’ve been self-publishing our comics and books since 2004, mostly funded by pre-orders from the 'Friends of Modern Toss. Now that we’re 10-years-old we thought it was time to step it up a notch with a classy hardback coffee table book and a Kickstarter campaign full of exclusive Modern Toss stuff. So if you want to see the last decade of our scurrilous comedy cult stuffed into a brand new collection then bung us a few quid or pre-order the book. Be part of a Modern Toss milestone and get a bag of shitnaks for your trouble.
By pre-ordering the book you’ll automatically get your name printed on a 'Friends of Modern Toss' page in the back of the book. You'll also have the option to choose from a range of exclusive pledge items like:
- A digital comic containing the best cartoons from the first four (now out-of-print) issues emailed to your inbox
- Your face featured in a Drive-by Abuser cartoon about crowd funding, which will appear in the book
- A full set of Modern Toss comics, including rare out-of-print editions
- Your portrait drawn Modern Toss-style via Skype
- Eat some food with cartoonists Jon and Mick at a top London fast food restaurant...
We’ve tried to keep our cash target as low as possible - basically covering initial print costs - and if we're lucky enough to go over our target we'll be adding in extra pledges and stretch goals such as new Modern Toss animations, shitnaks and events.
If all goes well, we should have a big new book built like a shithouse containing the very best of Modern Toss ready to ship out in September, so even if you only have a fiver to spare, stick it in our Kickstarter and help us get this shit on the go.
What’s in it for me?
Depends what you put in yeah? Everyone gets something, whether it's an exclusive 'cheers certificate' or an original sketch from Jon and Mick. Our main rewards are made up of BOOK PRE-ORDER PLEDGES which start at £25 (including UK postage) and can be found in the column on the right: pledge number 5. The other rewards can be bought on their own or added to a book pre-order (same way you'd add cheese or bacon to a burger).
If you’re a bit skint but you still want to get involved: Chuck us a few quid and you’ll receive a digital comic containing the very best of the first four out-of-print issues sent to your inbox. You'll also get your name on a special list of thank you's on our website. For a bit more you can get a selection of Modern Toss cards, comics and books.
If you fancy yourself as a mid-range pledger: Pre-order the book for £25 and have your name printed in the back as a 'Friend of Modern Toss'. There are also plenty of other extras and tempting little Modern Toss bits to add to your book order, including exclusive 'Friends of Modern Toss' t-shirts, rare as fuck out-of-print back issues, a signed limited edition Executive Shit Box version of the book, or having Alan photoshopped into your family photo.
If you’re flush and you fancy splashing it around a bit: For a bit more cash you can be the proud owner of one-off Modern Toss items like your portrait painted in oils, an obscene executive producer credit in the back of the book, or a limited edition shouting poster that says ‘International Cunt Circus’ when you press it.
***UPDATE: NEW CUNTS UPSTAIRS SPACE ARGUMENT CREDIT PLEDGE ADDED***
Have a look for BONUS PLEDGE #4 on the list to the right for a last minute pledge based on our completed stretch goal. For £75 you can get your name next to an extra special EXECUTIVE GROUND CONTROL CUNTS UPSTAIRS credit at the end of one of our new Space Argument animations. Only 30 available!
***UPDATE: HALF PRICE EXECUTIVE JOB TITLES***
And if you fancy yourself a bit of a fancy tosser, you can get a spanky executive title next to your name printed in the thank you section of our book for HALF PRICE until our campaign ends. Have a look in the £250 range pledges and choose your own unique title to feature in the CUNTS UPSTAIRS credits of the book.
*** UPDATE: NEW BUMPER CARD COLLECTION PLEDGE ADDED ***
Send a Modern Toss card to everyone you've ever known with our new bonus pledge: A YEAR'S SUPPLY OF MODERN TOSS CARDS. For £80 you'll get 70 individual Modern Toss card designs which can be applied to every possible situation: fucking up an interview, a messy divorce, an alcoholic's birthday, and many more. Includes the entire Modern Toss card collection currently in print. With cartoons featuring Mr Tourette, Cheese & Wine, Home Clubber, Stroller, and a variety of other characters, all your favourite Toss moments can be found in this bumper pack of cards.
*** UPDATE: NEW PERSONALISED SKETCH PLEDGE ADDED ***
We've now added a brand new pledge for those of you looking for a personalised piece of Toss for your collection. Pick BONUS PLEDGE #2 and you'll get a bespoke hand-drawn picture featuring one of your favourite characters insulting you personally. Choose from Drive-By Abuser, Gerry (Cheese & Wine) or Mr Tourette and you'll receive a stamped and signed postcard-sized drawing from the pencils of Jon and Mick.
*** UPDATE: TARGET REACHED AFTER TWO DAYS!!***
Cheers, everyone. It's been brilliant to reach the goal in just a few days. We've still got a couple of weeks to go, so we're going to be adding in a few extra bonus pledges and working towards stretch goals to see what else we can get done this year.
We've also added in more of the YOUR FACE IN OUR BOOK pledge (#4) as you've all been banging on about it. So if you want to see your little face in a Drive-By Abuser cartoon about crowdfunding in our new collection, grab one now before they sell out again...
And you can also get your favourite Modern Toss cartoon as a signed A2 poster. Check out the list on the right for bonus pledges.
What’s this Kickstarter shit all about then?
If you’ve never heard of crowd funding before, have a look at Kickstarter’s official guide here. In a nutshell, Kickstarter works by allowing generous people like you to pledge their support to independent projects like ours with a ‘no win, no fee’ model.
For the next 30 days our drive will be open for pledges - choose from your favourite incentives from the list on the right and donate your chosen amount. You won’t be charged when you make the pledge and you can always change your mind and alter your choice while the project is still underway.
If we've met our target when the 30 days are up, your money will get sent to us and we’ll ship out your rewards and print up the book. If we don’t meet the goal then nobody pays a thing, so there’s no risk of losing your money if the drive is unsuccessful.
The best bit about crowd funding? You fund it: we make it. Everyone’s happy. Cheers.
Who are Modern Toss?
Modern Toss is the product of cartoonists and animators Jon Link and Mick Bunnage. Created in 2004, Modern Toss has become a cult comic and Channel 4 series, featuring cheerfully offensive characters and sketches such as Mr Tourette, Business Mouse, Cheese & Wine, Home Clubber, Drive-By Abuser, Space Argument, Peanut, Desperate Business, Liberty Taker, Stroller and Alan.
Over the last ten years Modern Toss has produced eight comics, a handful of special edition books, a world record for the longest cartoon with the word ‘fuck’ in it, two Channel 4 sketch shows, a string of groundbreaking exhibitions, and a periodic table that swears at you.
We sell Modern Toss cards, comics, books and shitnaks in our online shop, and across the UK at independent stockists. Keep updated with our latest stuff by subscribing by email, following us on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, or by poking your head into our blog now and then.
Risks and challenges
Our risks are minimal: we're already working on the content for the book, we have a printer lined up, and we'll be ready to go as soon as we have the funding in place. So, as long as we meet our target we'll have the book produced by the September and ready to ship out to people who have pre-ordered it.
We've given ourselves a window of two weeks to get all the immediate rewards out to backers, with the book pledges on target for September time. Obviously if there are delays we'll let you all know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Kickstarter's set up isn't ideal! There are two ways:
1) Make individual pledges using different email accounts
2) Make a single pledge, you're then offered the chance to 'manage your pledge' (big blue button on the right of your screen). Then you'll need to change your total pledge amount to cover any additional items and resubmit your total. Then PLEASE send us a message to let us know which pledges you've gone for so we can adjust totals.
When the campaign's done we'll send out emails to double check what everyone wants.
We'll be sending out an email to gather all the right info once the campaign is finished so you can specify what name you want printed in the book/on the website and any other details like t-shirt sizes etc. Similarly, if you've gone for any pledge that requires you to send us a pic we'll be in touch once the Kickstarter is finished.
The book should be ready in September and all pre-ordered copies will be going out before the book goes on general release. As for non-book pledge items (merchandise, prints, t-shirts, cards, PDFs etc), these will be shipped out within two weeks of the Kickstarter end date (12th of April) - providing we meet our goal!
We've always done it this way. Most of our comics and publications have been funded by pre-orders from our fans. We’ve also have work commissioned privately by Channel 4, The Guardian, The Times and Private Eye amongst others, but basically we’re an independent outfit. We’ve always used crowd funding because it’s the most efficient, cost-effective way of getting shit done without other people sticking their oar in.
When we launched our Kickstarter we already had the majority of the content for the book designed, written and set out. All we need now is the funds to send it to the printers at the end of April so it'll be ready to ship out some time around September 2014. People who have pre-ordered the book will get theirs before the official launch.
For the UK, we’ve factored in the price of shipping into each pledge amount so you won’t need to add any extra costs on top. For international postage, however, extra costs may apply. It’s a big, heavy fucker of a book so we can’t cover all the costs of flying it around the world, sorry.
We get asked this one all the time... Right now we're focusing on the book, but we do have plans to put out our own self-funded series and one-off animations online. We're aiming to add an animation stretch goal specifically for this cause, so if you want to see it done, pledge to our campaign and get us over our total yeah?
If it’s successful, yeah. We’ll be selling it from our website as well as hopefully getting it stocked in shops. Oh, and whether you pre-order via Kickstarter or our website, you’ll still get your name printed on our ‘Friends of Modern Toss’ list at the back of the book. Sign up for our email newsletter or keep in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll keep you posted.
We will try our best. Dependent on pre-order sales from the website we'll see how it goes. We want this book to happen! You can help by sharing this page online and getting everyone you know to pledge something towards the project.
Some of it, yeah. At our website we sell a load of different Modern Toss stuff, but many of the pledge items are exclusive to the drive and won’t be available anywhere else.
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